Goldie Sayers has been presented with the Inspiration Award at a star-studed ceremony in London.
The Newmarket-born athlete and 11-time British javelin champion was honoured at the British Athletics Writers’ Association Awards at the Tower Hotel on Friday.
Sayers, who is the current British javelin women’s record holder, was presented the award for her speech on the eve of this year’s European Athletics Championships in Zurich during her role as Team GB captain.
“Goldie’s inspirational speech on the eve of the European Championships has become legendary,” said Simon Hart, chairman of the British Athletic Writers’ Association. “Her determination to come back from injury and the encouragement she gave to the younger athletes has earned admiration from everyone.”
Male athlete of the year was Olympic champion Greg Rutherford, who added Commonwealth and European gold to his medal haul this year. Jo Pavey, 10,000 metres gold medallist in Zurich, and at 40 the oldest female European champion in history, won the female athlete of the year award.
Pavey, who also won bronze in the 5,000 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, was Goldie’s roommate at the European Championships.
“Goldie is a very special person and a real inspiration to me and everyone in the team,” said Pavey.